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Iconic pier re-opens after being damaged by storms

One of the most iconic piers on our coastline was finally reopened today.

Swanage Pier in Dorset was severely damaged by a storm a year ago. Divers were involved in the fifty thousand pound restoration project. It's now fully repaired and safe for people to enjoy.

Swanage Pier is now safe for the public to enjoy Credit: ITV Meridian

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Family pay tribute to sea cave victim

The family of a teacher from Buckinghamshire who died when she was swept into a Dorset sea cave have paid tribute to her.

They described the 30-year-old as a 'wonderful girl' with an 'engaging personality'.

Charlotte Furness-Smith was coasteering, a sport which involves moving along the coastline on foot or by swimming.

Despite the RNLI's attempt to rescue her at the Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage, they could not reach her in time amidst the rough conditions.

Rescue team unable to find dead swimmer's body

Rescue teams have been unable to find the body of a missing swimmer who died while trapped in a sea cave in Dorset.

Dorset Police together with Swanage Coastguard Rescue Team and Swanage RNLI's Inshore Lifeboat conducted a thorough search of the location at Tilly Whim Caves.

The missing woman has not been located and enquiries are ongoing. Officers say they are in close contact with the family.

Investigation after woman dies in cave

RNLI lifeboat at the scene Credit: Donald Collier

Swimmer's death: Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs. The woman has not yet been named.

The attempted rescue by the RNLI Credit: Donald Collier

The woman died with the light failing and high tide approaching.

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RNLI footage of attempted sea cave rescue

Swanage RNLI has released footage of the attempted rescue of a woman trapped in a sea cave. Rescue teams were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage yesterday afternoon, including the RNLI and a Coastguard helicopter. But it soon became clear that any rescue had to be made from the cliffs.

With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed. There is no sound on this video.

Trapped woman dies in sea cave

A woman has died despite a major rescue operation to free her from a coastal cave in Dorset. Coasguards, Swanage and St Albans RNLI were called to Tilly Whim Caves near Swanage at 3.20pm yesterday to reports of a woman trapped in a sea cave.

Rescue teams could either enter the cave underwater or through a blowhole at the roof of the cave. With the light failing and high tide approaching, the St Albans' Cliff Technician entered the cave through the blow hole. But after entering, it became apparent that the woman had sadly succumbed.

A Coastguard spokesperson said: 'The difficult decision was taken that the recovery of the body at that point was too dangerous to undertake. Naturally at this time the team's thoughts are with the deceased person's family and friends.'

Lifeboat crew pay their respects

His was an act of bravery and sacrifice that has never been forgotten.

Every year the crew of the Swanage Lifeboat pay their respects to coxswain William Brown who died during a rescue back in 1895 - the only Swanage crew member ever to be lost at sea.

This year they were joined by William's last surviving grandchild, Marion Mason from Weymouth. And she had a special donation to give to the present day crew. Martin Dowse has the story.

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Search continues for missing Weymouth sailor

Geoff Cole set sail from Weymouth at the weekend Credit: Family photograph

The search for a sailor from Weymouth continues after his yacht was found off the French coast.

Geoff Cole is thought to have set sail from the town on the weekend for Swanage, but never arrived. His yacht was discovered on Monday morning between Fécamp and Dieppe with no-one aboard.

Missing sailor Geoff Cole from Weymouth Credit: Family photograph

Inspector Bob Jacobs, of Dorset Police, said: “We are growing increasingly concerned for Geoffrey and are anxious to establish his whereabouts.

“His family are desperate for him to return to them safe and well.

“I am appealing for anyone with any information to Geoffrey’s whereabouts to get in touch at the earliest opportunity.”

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